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Our world is full of color. We may take it for granted, but it’s the wide spectrum of color dyes and pigments that really bring color to our world. Out of all the color chemicals out there, you may be wondering -- which color dyes or pigment is most frequently used? The single most versatile dye, without question, would be Acid Blue 9. Commonly referred to as ‘Brilliant Blue FCF’ in the marketplace, this product happens to be a staple product of Chemworld’s wide-ranging product line.
As a high brilliancy blue coupled with high tinting strength, Acid Blue 9 is the recommended hue for many applications. Distinct advantages of this product choice include its ecologically and chemically safe nature of this dye. This is the same dye that is utilized for food coloring! Not only does Acid Blue 9 present an economically sound option, but its compatibility and flexibility in various formulas make it a straightforward choice.
Acid Blue 9 versatility stems from its chemical structure and tremendous soluble properties. Its non-toxic and biodegradable properties allow for varying suitable uses: ponds/lakes, water-tracer dyes, agriculture (seed colorants and fertilizers), spray-pattern indicators, detergents, inks, cleaning compounds, stationary goods, and much more.
There are endless applications for color dyes, ranging from textile to plastics to paints! Very rarely does the general public get to witness the dyeing process. Luckily there's an annual tradition that opens up the world of color – dyeing of the Chicago River. St. Patrick's is a day celebrated in many parts of the globe, but the Windy City has a unique tradition. Dating back to 1962, Chicago dyes their river to a shamrock shade of green for this celebration. Thousands of visitors gather along the bridges and gorgeous riverwalk to watch Chicago transform its river.
This year, Chemworld is exceptionally proud of supplying the river dye to keep the tradition thriving! Of course, it's an environmentally-friendly dye. It fades out, allowing the river to regress back to its murky look. About 40 lbs. of this dye (physically appears to be a dark orange) is formulated into a secret recipe and plunged into the river. Multiple boats are used to dye and then churn the river. Watch the river turn bright green in the video below:
As defined by ETAD, The Ecological and Toxicological Association of Dyes and Organic Pigment Manufacturers, dyes are intensely colored or fluorescent organic substances only, which impart color to a substrate by selective absorption of light.